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    Border-Wall Climbing Competition to Take Place at Red River Gorge, October 11-12

    Border-Wall Climbing Competition to Take Place at Red River Gorge, October 11-12

    Many in the climbing community were amused a couple weeks ago when our POTUS held a press conference at a section of his latest border wall design—a series of parallel square steel posts with a 5-foot-high plate at the top. “This wall can’t be climbed,” he stated. Newsweek reported that the President boasted about how “the federal government tested the structure by having 20 skilled mountain climbers attempt to climb it,” and no one could.

    No one in our climbing community knows any of these 20 mountaineers. I doubt if they exist. More importantly, to declare something to be impossible to climb to a bonafide rock climber is to issue a challenge.

    So, I decided to build an exact replica and hold a competition. Although I’m 75 years old, I am still an active rock climber and hold certification by American Mountain Guide Association as a Single Pitch Instructor. It helped that I’m also a retired engineer.
    I bet if he asked, Mexico would pay for this.

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    Some early results:

    Trump Boasted That His Border Wall Was 'Virtually Impenetrable.' Then an 8-Year-Old Girl Climbed a Replica

    When President Donald Trump announced that his signature wall at the U.S.’s southern border would be “virtually impenetrable” while visiting San Diego last month, Rick Weber, who co-founded the Muir Valley rock climbing park in Rogers, Kentucky, was listening.

    “You don’t tell a bona fide rock climber something’s impossible to climb,” Weber tells TIME.

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    Several people have already managed to climb up the wall replica, including 8-year-old Lucy Hancock. Hancock didn’t use any ropes or other tools to climb the wall, but wore a belay, a safety device designed to catch a falling climber. An adult climber, Erik Kloeker, was up and over the wall in about 40 seconds.

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    It's interesting that Trump's words are parsed and then enthusiasts prove him wrong, but let someone say "nobody can feed a family on food stamps" and any experiences shared by rank amateurs (like me) are dismissed.

    Yeah, Trump was bloviating. That said, if most people can't climb it I think it's sufficient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott View Post
    It's interesting that Trump's words are parsed and then enthusiasts prove him wrong, but let someone say "nobody can feed a family on food stamps" and any experiences shared by rank amateurs (like me) are dismissed.

    Yeah, Trump was bloviating. That said, if most people can't climb it I think it's sufficient.
    Light that sumbitch up with 220. Add grease. We'll see who climbs it then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    Border-Wall Climbing Competition to Take Place at Red River Gorge, October 11-12
    ok,that's funny
    I'm thinking that once, in 1953, a group of interesting people just happened to be in a coffee shop at the same time and a great discussion of issues, ideas, and the meaning of life occurred. Since then we have been waiting at Starbucks for Lawrence Ferlinghetti to say something heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott View Post
    It's interesting that Trump's words are parsed and then enthusiasts prove him wrong, but let someone say "nobody can feed a family on food stamps" and any experiences shared by rank amateurs (like me) are dismissed.

    Yeah, Trump was bloviating. That said, if most people can't climb it I think it's sufficient.
    "Parsed"? Dude.

    "This wall can’t be climbed,” he stated. Newsweek reported that the President boasted about how “the federal government tested the structure by having 20 skilled mountain climbers attempt to climb it,” and no one could.
    You don't need to parse that shit. You can just read it.

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    How will a grappling hook not make short work of this challenge?

    Truth is, any unattended fence is vulnerable. Add some border agents to the challenge and the odds change.
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